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Vanilla is a powerfully simple discussion forum you can easily customize to make as unique as your community.

  • Free PersonalOpen Source
  • Online
  • Self-Hosted

What is Vanilla?

Vanilla provides a standards-compliant, multi-lingual, theme-able and pluggablecommunity forum software that powers discussion forums on 800,000 sites.

It's available in two editions: an opensource and self-hosted version and an optimized cloud hosted version with premium features.

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  1.  Extensible by Plugins/ExtensionsVanilla can be extended with add-ons, plugins and extensions.

    Vanilla information

    • LicensingOpen Source (GPL-2.0) and Free Personal product.
    • PricingOne time purchase (perpetual license)
    • Written in
    • Alternatives50 alternatives listed

    Supported Languages

    • English

    GitHub repository

    •  2,632 Stars
    •  772 Forks
    •  41 Open Issues
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    Vanilla was added to AlternativeTo by misterchibi on and this page was last updated .

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    Because it is great, and does what I need it to do. Better then XenForo

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    It's amazing! All the same tools, just more convenient.

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    Paid. Hosted with Premium features


    Free and Opensource

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